Urge Support for the Home Office Deduction Simplification Act

PPA is supporting the introduction of H.R. 1509 - The Home Office Deduction Simplification Act of 2009 by signing a letter sent by a coalition organized by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE). The letter announces the introduction of this vital piece of legislation by Representatives John McHugh (D-NY-23) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and seeks co-sponsorship and support for the bill.

The bill mirrors H.R. 6214 - The Home Office Deduction Simplification Act of 2008, also introduced by Rep. McHugh during the 110th Congress. PPA supported this legislative initiative in 2008 and is hopeful that the bill will garner enough support to clear the U.S. House of Representatives this Congress. This bill, like H.R. 1470 - Equity for Our Nation's Self Employed Act, currently finds itself in the hands of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Just like its 2008 counterpart, the 2009 version will create a $1,500 standard home office deduction option as an alternative to the way home-based business owners and employees, like photographers, now deduct the use of their home on their income taxes.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, this time of economic crisis demands that we provide them with support..." stated Congressman McHugh. 

Echoing this sentiment, Congressman Schrader indicated, "The increased use of the home office deduction will allow small business to put these savings back into the economy... hiring more workers, expanding their businesses, and helping rebuild our economy."

In addition to signing on to a group letter of support, PPA sent a letter to Rep. McHugh conveying the association's continued support for this bill.

For more information on the bill and to encourage your Representative to co-sponsor or support the passage of this bill, visit the Contact Congress page to send them an email or letter.

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